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Giant Dolphin Creatures That Are Eaten In Japan Swam Around The Boat I Was On


Far removed from the icky black fish and sleepy turtles of Buffalo Bayou in Houston, I saw giant dolphins last week off the coast of San Diego. These big dolphins appeared near the whale watching boat I was riding. There must have been at least 30 of the big dolphins.

The dolphins were Risso’s dolphins. They grow up to 13 feet long. I saw them about 9 miles out in the Pacific Ocean. These dolphins have the good sense to avoid the coast. You’ll find nothing on shore but humans.

While they are eaten in Japan, Risso’s dolphins are not considered threatened. Many live in the waters off of California and there are communities of them elsewhere in the world.

The above picture is not so good, but it is pretty much how they looked from the boat.

Though I’ve seen bottlenose dolphins many times in Galveston, it was odd to see real wild animals in a natural setting. Dolphins in Galveston seem like city creatures— Such as armadillos in Houston.

In my view, nature is best seen in a park or on TV. I’m all for paying the taxes needed and establishing the regulations needed to protect nature and the Earth. I just don’t want rattlesnakes or mountain lions coming at me.

Watching giant dolphins from the deck of a boat was interesting. I’ll pay extra attention to the next nature documentary I see.           

 ( Please click here for another post about large sea mammals.) 

March 27, 2007 - Posted by | Galveston, Sea Life


  1. In Japan they eat anything and everything. I am always running into stories about rare snakes and monkies and other odd things being smuggled in and out of asian countries. They have been eating for tens of thousands of years and the asians do not waste anything. They have eating and using all parts of animals and plants to a science. I was in Hong Kong and Singapore and Macau and the diets are so diverse and not like ours that there is a great many things we can learn from our asian brothers and sisters.

    Comment by bill b | April 1, 2007

  2. Yes, but Japan won’t comply with world whaling standards. So when they eat 13 foot dolphins I wonder if they just see them as mini-whales.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 1, 2007

  3. if they didn’t got their ass kicked during second world war they would started to eat humans too!!

    Comment by tarla | December 19, 2008

  4. Tarla you are rediculous

    Comment by bill brady | December 19, 2008

  5. Veggy please

    Comment by well | July 16, 2009

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